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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 56 – Natural Resource Comm, water issues


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HCR056....................................................by WAYS AND MEANS
NATURAL RESOURCE COMMITTEE - Stating findings of the Legislature and
authorizing the Legislative Council to expand the membership and scope of
the committee appointed to undertake and complete a study of natural
resource issues to include water supply and water management issues.
03/17    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/18    Rpt prt - to 2nd rdg
03/19    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
    Rls susp - ADOPTED - 63-0-7
      AYES -- Andersen, Barraclough, Barrett, Bayer, Bell, Black, Block,
      Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Campbell, Cannon, Clark, Collins, Crow, Cuddy,
      Denney, Douglas, Eberle, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18),
      Field(23), Gagner, Garrett, Harwood, Henbest, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg,
      Kulczyk, Lake, Langford, Langhorst, Martinez, McGeachin, McKague,
      Meyer, Miller, Mitchell, Moyle, Naccarato, Nielsen, Pasley-Stuart,
      Raybould, Ridinger, Ring, Ringo, Roberts, Robison, Rydalch, Sali,
      Sayler, Shepherd, Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smylie, Snodgrass,
      Stevenson, Wood, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Bauer, Bedke, Deal, Schaefer, Smith(24), Trail,
    Floor Sponsors - Raybould & Stevenson
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/19    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Res/Env
03/20    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
    Rls susp - ADOPTED- 31-0-4
      AYES -- Andreason, Bailey, Brandt, Bunderson, Burkett(Maxand),
      Calabretta, Cameron, Compton, Darrington, Davis, Gannon, Geddes,
      Goedde, Hill, Ingram, Keough, Little, Lodge, Marley, McKenzie,
      McWilliams, Noh, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner,
      Stennett, Sweet, Werk, Williams
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Burtenshaw, Kennedy, Malepeai, Noble
    Floor Sponsor - Noh
    Title apvd - to House
03/22    To enrol - Rpt enrol - Sp signed - Pres signed
    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-seventh Legislature                 Second Regular Session - 2004
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 56
                                BY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  5    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  6        WHEREAS,  the First Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature
  7    adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 103 in  2003,  which  authorized  the
  8    Legislative  Council  to appoint a committee to undertake and complete a study
  9    of natural resource issues and to make a report detailing its findings, recom-
 10    mendations and proposed legislation to the First Regular Session of the Fifty-
 11    eighth Idaho Legislature; and
 12        WHEREAS, the committee has been studying water quality, endangered species
 13    act activities and reserved water right  tribal  issues  and  the  Legislature
 14    believes  that  the  membership of this committee needs to be expanded and the
 15    scope of their investigation and study needs to be broadened  as well; and
 16        WHEREAS, aquifers in many areas  of  Idaho  continue  long-term  declines,
 17    threatening economic well-being and creating legal conflicts; and
 18        WHEREAS, delay in seeking means to bring long-term stability creates unac-
 19    ceptable risks to the well-being of our citizens; and
 20        WHEREAS,  the decline in water supplies of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer
 21    and the Thousand Springs is causing conflicts between water users; and
 22        WHEREAS, on March 15, 2004, water users and the state reached an agreement
 23    to suspend pending conflicts and to provide a one-year period for the  commit-
 24    tee  to  develop  and make recommendations to the First Regular Session of the
 25    Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature for implementation of long-term restoration and
 26    recovery solutions for the  Eastern  Snake  Plain  Aquifer  and  the  Thousand
 27    Springs water supplies; and
 28        WHEREAS,  it is the desire of the Legislature that the committee study and
 29    evaluate ways to stabilize the water distribution system  in  Idaho  and  that
 30    various  interests  and  people  in  the water supply arena be allowed to give
 31    input and testimony to the committee; and
 32        WHEREAS, the Legislature desires that the committee involve  persons  with
 33    technical expertise in hydrology, engineering, economics and law in its delib-
 34    eration and at a minimum conduct a study regarding water supply and management
 35    issues  in the Moscow, Rathdrum Prairie and Snake River Plain Aquifers and the
 36    Bear River Drainage.
 37        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second  Regular  Ses-
 38    sion  of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
 39    the Senate concurring therein, that the Legislative Council is  authorized  to
 40    expand  the  membership of the committee which is undertaking and completing a
 41    study of natural resource issues and that  the cochairmen of the committee are
 42    authorized to appoint advisors with technical expertise in  the  water  supply
 43    arena  and are expected to receive input from stakeholders in the water rights
 44    system of Idaho to attempt to stabilize the  water  delivery  system  in  this
  1    state.
  2        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any advisors to the committee who are not leg-
  3    islative  members shall not be reimbursed from legislative funds for per diem,
  4    mileage or other expenses and shall not have voting privileges  regarding  the
  5    committee's recommendations and proposed legislation.
  6        BE  IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee will ensure in conjunction with
  7    the executive branch that all state commitments set forth  in  the  March  15,
  8    2004, agreement between water users and the state of Idaho are fulfilled.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                            RS 14282C1

     This resolution would authorize the Legislative Council to
continue an interim study committee to undertake and complete a
study of natural resource issues.  A number of interrelated major
water and natural resource issues could soon have major impacts
upon the state and its citizens.

                         FISCAL IMPACT

     If this resolution is adopted by the Legislature and the
committee is continued by Legislative Council, any necessary
legislator travel and per diem expense would be paid from the
existing legislative appropriation to the Senate and the House of
Representatives.  Funding for staff support and expenses would be
provided from the existing appropriation to the Legislative
Council for the Legislative Services Office.  There would be no
additional impact upon the state general fund as a result of this

Name: Senator Laird Noh 
Phone: (208) 332-1000
Representative John A. "Bert" Stevenson
Representative Dell Raybould